Sunday, October 9, 2011

On My Own in a Booth

Martie and I have shared a booth at Rockin' B Antiques for over a year.  Last week, we separated.  We joke that it's an amicable divorce.

We were in a double booth (10x20).  It was wide and spacious.  Now we are next door neighbors and we each have a 10x10 booth. 

Looking at our things side by side makes it apparent just how different our styles really are.  Martie loves traditional and formal.  She's well traveled and artsy. She's a born entertainer. Her booth turned out great - I should post photos.

I love beat up,  hunky things.  With strong vibrant retro colors.  And a farmhouse look.  Rust, chipped paint, galvanized metal and burlap are my friends. 

I won't lie.  My new booth is a bit cramped and after putting all my stuff in this space, my first inclination was to get a bigger booth.  I even talked to the owner about it and began making plans for a fabulous corner booth. 

But then, a funny thing happened.  I began to love my little spot.  I rearranged a little and made better use of the space.  And I started thinking about the increased responsibility involved with a larger booth - the increased work responsibilities, working harder to keep the booth stocked, etc. Plus, I already have a 1/6th piece of The White Booth.  Suddenly it made since to keep it simple. The last thing I need to do is take on something pulling even more on my time.  Once that decision was made, I felt incredibly relaxed and happy.

Here are a few photos of the booth. Not everything in it reflects my style.  That's going to take time.  Heck, I'm still trying to figure out my style.  It's a work in progress.  In fact, I'm going over this afternoon to do some tweaking.  I bought a smaller, taller table for one of the corners and that will give me more room for the medium size (easy for me to handle) furniture pieces that I plan to focus on. 

Things have already changed several times since first moving in.  I had a fabulous, chippy yellow farm table on the left.  The color and style really popped.  It sold.  I had just finished painting this green one, so it went right in the same spot.  It's pretty, but I miss the stronger color.  I also had a colorful rug on the floor.  It sold.  I need to find another.  Lots of my colorful smalls have sold, too. 

In the photo above, you can also see that I have a spot up high on the right where I can hang a chandelier.  So, guess what I'm on the lookout for!?!?!

I have three shelves that are not for sale - two on the right and one on the left (you can see just a little of that one in the photo below).  I'm thinking about moving the one on the left to create more room for a transitional vignette.   Eventually, I hope to replace those shelves with pieces that have more personality.  Barnwood and wavy tin maybe?

In the corner, I covered a round card table with my pretty toile tablecloth.  That's where the new round table is going to go.  I wanted something smaller and sturdier that I could pile high with a fun display.  The tablecloth will still work.  I'll take photos and post them soon.

My back wall has a jut out in an odd location.  At first, I hated it.  I wanted a straight wall with no restrictions.  But, again, I am actually falling in love with this odd little nook.  It's 30 inches wide.  I put a square card table in there (30 inches square) and covered it with my burlap tablecloth.  It turned out fun and quirky, but I'm looking for something better. 

By the way, don't you just love the submarine man poster sticking out!  I may mark him up to some crazy price because it will break my heart when it sells.  I really like him peaking out.  He definitely grabs the attention of everyone walking by the booth.  Maybe he needs to be $99.95!  If it sold for that, I think I would be able to get over my grief.


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